In February, we welcomed two new students to the internship program. Stephen "Kyle" Staubs and Zachary Garver are both students in Shepherd University's History Program. Both Kyle and Zach began their internships by working on our digitization project with Senator Robert C. Byrd's extensive clipping scrapbooks collection. There are over 150 large scrapbooks containing press clippings, magazine articles, and other ephemera which provide a timeline view of Senator Byrd's life and career from his earliest days in the West Virginia State Legislature in the 1940s until his final years in the U.S. Senate. Zach and Kyle both worked on digitizing the physical scrapbooks, which can be a delicate process due to the age of the books and the rapid deterioration of newsprint. Using the center's flatbed scanner, Zach and Kyle scanned each page, sometimes multiple times to capture all of the articles affixed to them.
Every day, a group of dedicated Shepherd University students work with the staff at the Byrd Center in our archives and office. Our intern team is making excellent progress in preparing new sections of our collections for research and digitizing documents and photographs. The Byrd Center's internship program has welcomed over 14 students in the past ten years, many of whom have gone on to work in and pursue graduate degrees in public history and archives. We want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the most recent news from our intern program.
By Jody Brumage
When exploring the collections at the Byrd Center, we often discover remarkable stories by following the trail though the various boxes and folders of records. Sometimes, the simplest object can have a dramatic and significant background. This week, we would like to share one such object and its intriguing context as illuminated by the Robert C. Byrd Congressional Papers Collection.
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